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By Itohan Abara-Laserian
Lagos, April 8, 2021 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the investing public on the proliferation of unregistered online investment and trading platforms facilitating access to securities trading in foreign markets.

This was contained in a circular to the Capital Market Operators (CMOs) issued by the management of the commission made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the Circular, “The attention of the SEC has been drawn to the existence of several providers of online investment and trading platforms which purportedly facilitate direct access of the investing public in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to securities of foreign Companies listed on Securities Exchanges registered in other jurisdictions.

“These platforms also claim to be operating in partnership with CMOs registered with the Commission,” it said.

The Commission categorically stated further that by the provisions of Sections 67-70 of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA), 2007 and Rules 414 and 415 of the SEC Rules and Regulations, only foreign securities listed on any Exchange registered in Nigeria may be issued, sold or offered for sale or subscription to the Nigerian public.

Accordingly, the commission notified the CMOs who work in concert with the referenced online platforms of the Commission’s position and advised them to desist henceforth.

“The Commission enjoins the investing public to seek clarification as may be required via its established channels of communication on investment products advertised through conventional or online mediums” the circular added.

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